Agencies Take Concrete Steps Now That Sequester Is Law

March 27, 2013

However reluctant he may have been politically, President Obama on Tuesday signed the fiscal 2013 continuing resolution locking in the sequester, and agencies began their long-dreaded move toward concrete action to apply $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe sent employees an email Tuesday saying sequestration “posed great challenges for the entire federal family” and sketched progress made since planning began in December to cut $425 million from the budget.

Some 80 percent of the reductions, he said, are from non-payroll items, such as grants, infrastructure programs, contracts, and operating and travel expenses. The remaining 20 percent do hit payroll, the memo added, which means furlough letters will go out the first week of April. “We understand that the furlough process will be difficult, and we remain committed to reducing its impact on employees and their families as best we can,” Perciasepe wrote.

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